Free at last! Thank God we’re free at last!
so is Miss Kitty!
The cancel culture comes to NPR Wisconsin Public Radio, which announces that it “stand[s] with the citizens of Wisconsin against racism.” Not quite Defund the Police but it will have to do. Well done, brave and noble public broadcast servants! Says WPR:
We are not afraid of difficult issues nor to stand against racism and intolerance. We offer content that provides hope and challenges perspectives. Our audiences appreciate, support, and encourage this.
We sure do! Which means WI Public Radio is not afraid of cancelling Sunday evening’s long-running Old Time Radio Drama, hosted by that fire-breathing segregationist [SNARK ALERT!] Norman Gilliland. TAKE THAT, Minneapolis police department!~ Beginning Saturday, June 20, and “after careful consideration” [the best kind!] …
WPR has decided to end production of Old Time Radio Drama, currently airing on Saturday and Sunday nights between 8 p.m. and 11 p.m. statewide on most stations in The Ideas Network.
“While schedule changes can be difficult, now is the right time to end this program,” said Mike Crane, WPR director. “Many of these plays and productions were produced more than 60 years ago and include racist and sexist material.
Despite significant effort over the years, it has been nearly impossible to find historic programs without offensive and outdated content. And, ultimately, these programs don’t represent the values of WPR …
No longer will Wisconsin snowflakes, their breathing passages handkerchiefed against contamination, be subjected to public radio racism from this list of recent Old Time Radio dog-whistle broadcasts:
- The Shadow’ — In “Death From the Deep,” the Shadow investigates ships mysteriously attacked and sunk in the Atlantic.
- ‘The Whistler’ — Jack Crowley needs $10,000 fast to cover the shortage in his accounts at the bank. Along comes laughing cousin Charlie for a weekend visit…with $10,000 in cash! … in “Death Pays A Visit.”
- ‘Lux Radio Theater’ — Boiled down into an hour of Thirties drama, “The Thin Man” walks into danger and comedy as Lux Radio Theater from 1936 brings Dashiell Hammett’s classic to the air.
- ‘Our Miss Brooks’ — Two young “orphans” take over the school, in “Orphan Twins.” Originally aired 06/08/55.
- Peace On Earth: A 1942 Christmas Radio Salute To The Troops — If you have a nostalgia for old radio shows, step back in time and join us for “A 1942 Christmas Radio Salute to the Troops” with comedy, poignant moments, sound effects, vintage commercials, Christmas songs and hits from the 40’s.
⇒ You can still catch William Conrad as Marshal Matt Dillon tonight (06-14-2020) at 8 p.m. in an episode that aired 06-14-1959 “Pete Bass Gang Kidnaps Kitty.” Drinking contest every time you catch the subliminal racism!
Blaska’s Bottom Line: Not seeing any Amos & Andy here but how did Marshall Dillon sneak past UW’s speech police? WI Public Radio, better stock up on plywood!
Good job NPR. You just solved all racial issues by canceling programs that cannot possibly ever be heard in their historical context. Time to go through the Madison Public Library and gather up books for the ol’ fashioned book burnin’… Good grief…
Wisconsin was founded as a state in 1848. While not a ‘slave’ state itself, there was still slavery in the Union at the time, and Wisconsin became PART of that Union, so it either did so in spite of that at best, or it gave tacit approval at the very least. Either way, looks like it’s time to burn down everything and declare Wisconsin as the newly liberated “Free People’s Democratic Republic Of Wiscanistan” /sarc
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“We offer content that provides hope and challenges perspectives.”
I call bullshit!
Something the panderers don’t seem to realize, is that they and their loved ones will also eventually become victims of this insanity they helped create, somewhere down the pipeline.
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“they and their loved ones will also eventually become victims of this insanity they helped create, somewhere down the pipeline.”
Reminds The Gotch of the cautionary tale of one Dr. Judith Grossman:
Quoth she: ”I am a feminist. I have marched at the barricades, subscribed to Ms. magazine, and knocked on many a door in support of progressive candidates committed to women’s rights. Until a month ago, I would have expressed unqualified support for Title IX and for the Violence Against Women Act.” (bolds mine)
What happened in June of 2013 prompting this seismic shift in Grossman’s ideology? Her little Y-Chromosomal bundle-of-joy got caught up (accused of “non-consensual sex”) in the presumption-of-guilt campus climate she helped create.
Oh the ignominy!
The very next day Feminist Anti-Christ Paul Elam (founder: A Voice For Men) put it a tad more succinctly while leaving little doubt where he stands:
F*ck You Judith Grossman/a>
‘Your only hope now, if it is indeed not too late, is to vociferously reject the ideology you embraced as long as it served your selfish needs. Your only redemption is to attack it with all the might you have at your disposal, and shine the light on every hypocrisy you have ever fostered, every lie you have ever told and every self-serving agenda you once lauded as the answer for humanity. And you need to do it till your dying breath.” (bolds/italics mine)
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I’m watching (because my wife has it on) a movie right now about the French Revolution. Spoiler alert: it doesn’t turn out well for Robespierre!
WPR? It is the most potent SOCIALIST and TOTALITARIAN organization in the state! Many times I have been prevented from asking civil questions of guests — because my questions were not softballs about such topics as Global Warming, race, free speech, etc.
WPR bureaucrats are TOTALITARIANS who should all be fired/replaced. WPR has no intellectual diversity….only Democratic, tree-huggin’, anti-2nd Amendment, , limp-wristed, guilt-ridden worms.
Time has LONG SINCE PASSED to incorporate conservatives and libertarians on the programming scheduling.
And yet… And yet -A gazillion over-the-top graphic VID games, played in real-time on-line, and…. anime, typically big-time cartoon porn, and… more. However, Purpel & Shaprio as early as 1995, said, “These nourish imagination and the impulse for self-expression”. Somehow these are/can be construed as “teaching tools” whereas the moralistic (and f-u-n) radio shows from days gone by are irrevocably condemned. Pinch me, please -I must be dreamin’….
Here’s a factoid: During the Kennedy years, Wisconsin ALSO had a Marshall Dillon. That US Marshall lived in Green Bay. Very pleasant guy, too; I dated his grand-daughter and he never once brandished. Maybe he should have….
I sent the following to WPR:
“What an outrage! You preen about your greater consciousness as compared to those past Old Time Radio shows. But in fact as you deep six those magnificent creations, you are recapitulating the very WORST erasure and censorship of those same years. Instead of their best, you give us a reprise even more ugly now of their worst. SHAME.”
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If this is racist and or sexist then there’s no such thing.
The godless, gutless, censoriouss cowards in the Cancel Culture strike again. They’re the American Taliban who want to culturally clense us from our history.
Perpetually offended Proglibocratic Pharisees presume to occupy the moral high ground, but it is sacred soil on which they’ve never set foot.
NPR safe space-seeking social justice warrriors clutch their pearls and look for the nearest fainting couches.